For North American users: using UEB on your iDevice

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Last week, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) voted to adopt UEB (Unified English Braille) as the primary braille code in North America. For details on this, see
Over the past few days, I have received many questions about how this will impact braille devices. When will it be supported in various devices? Will firmware and software need to be updated? Typically, the answer is no. UEB has already been adopted in several English speaking countries, and all one needs to do to enable UEB on their iDevice is the following.
1. Go to the language rotor by navigating to settings/general/accessibility/voiceover/language rotor.
2. Though a few other languages support it, we'll use Australian English here. Flick right until you come upon Australian English, then select it.
3. press the home button on your device.
4. Turn the rotor option to language, and then flick down to Australian English.
5. TO turn on contracted braille, press space with G. You're now viewing all your content on your iDevice in UEB. If you'd like to compare it with the US braille code in its current state, just flick back up to US English, and the translation table will change back automatically.

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